Monday, December 7, 2009

When Truth Drives Out Oppressive Lies, Rejoice!

I just have to share this. One of the women on my networking team, I’ll call her Kathryn, gave a copy of my novel, “Behind the Hedge” to her sister, who had endured domestic violence for 23 years and finally left her husband. After her sister read the novel, she was open to becoming a Christian, and Kathryn led her sister to the Lord. I praise the Lord that another sinner chose to follow Jesus! The angels are rejoicing; let’s rejoice with them.

That the novel was instrumental in bringing someone to Christ is sobering to me. How could a NOVEL have that kind of influence? As I mull it over, I realize how non-Christians view Christianity. They see it as oppressive to women. They see the Apostle Paul as a woman hater. They see males in Christian churches as women haters, too. It is no wonder they despise Christianity! And it is no wonder so many women want NOTHING to do with Christianity and feel contemptuous toward Christian women who appear so stupid that they not only stick with a religion that harms them, they also subject themselves to cruel and abusive husbands.

I am so humbled that a mere novel can show them the love of Christ, the compassion, mercy, and freedom from oppression that He extends to women in His word. I am so humbled that a mere novel can help clear away the lies.

Yet, God knew that a novel could bring people to Himself; that is why He directed me to write it. I was merely writing at His direction.

All glory be to God! Praise His precious and holy name!

Waneta Dawn is the author of "Behind the Hedge, A novel,"a story about a woman who grapples with her husband's demands that she submit--no matter what. Please visit


  1. Awesome.

    I love stories like this one.

  2. Mara,

    I love stories like this one, too.

    When Kathryn and her husband read my book, they said it could bring people to Christ.

    I said "Huh???" I didn't see it. But they were so right!

    The story of a soul won to Christ because of the novel still amazes me. Even though I think I "get it" better than I did at first, I still feel somewhat disoriented over it.

    Another amazing story: A woman told me her friend had read the book and saw from Yvette's example how to be more submissive to her husband. That woman had been one to yell and fight over every little thing. Somehow, she picked up a more quiet, respectful attitude toward her husband from the main character in the story, and her marriage improved! In her case, her husband is now kinder, more considerate. If that doesn't beat all! That a story about not submitting where one shouldn't, would end up encouraging a woman to be MORE submissive??? And the result is a much better marriage??? WOW!

    I wonder how long it will last though--I mean the husband's kindness. I wonder if the woman's "submission" will end up giving the husband the notion it is ok to abuse his wife. Perhaps I'll hear more about that marriage someday.